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Hamnavoe,burnt mound 300m ESE of Manic

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.507 / 60°30'25"N

Longitude: -1.564 / 1°33'50"W

OS Eastings: 424046

OS Northings: 1180449

OS Grid: HU240804

Mapcode National: GBR Q0HZ.241

Mapcode Global: XHD1H.05XJ

Entry Name: Hamnavoe,burnt mound 300m ESE of Manic

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6063

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument is a burnt mound, a late prehistoric cooking place, probably concealing the remains of a contemporary dwelling.

The burnt mound is on gently sloping ground near to a small stream which flows into Hamna Voe. It has an irregular crescentic plan, about 6m at the widest and 1m high. On the S, downslope, side traces of curved walling appear from the foot of the mound, and may represent the foundations of a dwelling or some other structure related to the use of the mound.

In Shetland such mounds are normally thought to be of middle to late Bronze Age date (c. 1500-600 BC), although elsewhere in Scotland dates ranging from this period through to the Dark Ages (c. 600-800 AD) have been obtained.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, measuring 25m N-S and from 25m to 30m E-W. It is bounded on the E by the Mill Burn. This area, which includes the burnt mound, associated walling and an area around in which evidence relating to its accumulation and use may survive, is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a burnt mound with associated and possibly earlier construction remains. It has the potential to provide information, through excavation and analysis, about later prehistoric domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 28 SW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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